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These online resources are suggested by Family Focus
The New York State Citizens' Coalition For Children (NYSCCC): an advocacy organization of concerned citizens and nearly 140 volunteer adoptive and foster parent groups in every region of New York State, providing information and support for children and families who are interested or involved in foster care and adoption. Includes information on board rate and subsidies, information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, tax benefits and supports, and parent group resources.

AdoptUsKids: a project of The Children's Bureau, part of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of AdoptUsKids is to devise and implement a national adoptive family recruitment and retention strategy, operate the website, encourage and enhance adoptive family support organizations and conduct a variety of adoption research projects. Includes nationwide available child photolistings, and parent and professional resources.

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC): founded in 1974 by adoptive parents, and committed to meeting the needs of waiting children, support adoptive families and find homes for the thousands of foster children who need families. Includes information on transracial adoption, parent groups and links to publications and newsletters.

New York State Adoption Services (NYSAS): contains information about adoption, adoption agencies, tax benefits, services and more. Also contains the New York State Adoption Album Photolisting with pictures and information of children in New York who are available for adoption.

The Adoptive Parents Committee (APC): the oldest adoptive parent group in North America, is a non-profit parent support group comprised of volunteers dedicated to improving all aspects of adoption and interim (foster) care. APC is an advocate for humanitarian improvements in the adoption and foster care system, with four chapters in Long Island, New York City, New Jersey and the Connecticut/Hudson Region. Includes legal advice and links to articles promoting education and awareness.

Tax Software Comparisons: The tax regulations regarding adoption and foster care can be confusing, so those not using accountants may turn to online tax software.'s section on Online Tax Software may help you find one that's right for you. (For information only, not an endorsement for or the Online Tax Software page.)

Children's Mental Health Services on Long Island: a booklet of services and available providers.

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